Friday Links

As you might know, we here at Abnormal Use occasionally plan CLE programs for organizations of which we are members. Our editor, Jim Dedman, serves as the vice-chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Civil Litigation Section. As such, he’s planned a program which might interest. No, no, it’s not another one of those programs about how to use the Internet to find incriminating impeachment materials. Rather, it’s about the practical aspects of subpoenaing social media companies and authenticating digital evidence. This is real world stuff you need to know for discovery and trial. The program features Keith Lee, the author of the Associate’s Mind blog and the “Social Media Subpoena Guide,” and Tim Flowers of the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section of the United States Department of Justice who will discuss authentication of digital evidence. It should be a doozy of an event and offer some real practical advice we don’t usually see in these types of seminars. If you’re in Charlotte on Thursday, April 20, join them! For more information on the program, click here.

Our tweet of the week comes from one of our firm’s partners who offers his views on the perils of a multi-jurisdictional practice.

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John Cuttino, a shareholder from our Columbia, South Carolina office, was recently featured in Wofford Today.

If you like, you can read Texans for Lawsuit Reform Foundation’s new report, “The Story of Asbestos Litigation in Texas & Its National Consequences.”

Remember on “L.A. Law” when Rosalind Shays stepped into the empty elevator shaft, sending her to her death? That episode aired 26 years ago in March of 1991. By the way, with all of these sequels and reboots, how come the networks have not revisited “L.A. Law”? The series ended in May of 1994, and despite the fact that the cast reunited briefly for a television movie in 2002, no one meaningfully discusses this show these days. We here at Abnormal Use were definitely fans of the show back in the day (although we never purchased – or even knew about – “L.A. Law: The Computer Game” – which you can read about here).

Did you catch GWB’s own Lindsay Joyner on television in South Carolina this week? If not, let us direct your attention to our tweet of the week!

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The Slicing Eyeballs music blog has triumphantly returned! Matt Sebastian, its author, has decided to resurrect his famed music website. We here at Abnormal Use were longtime fans, and we’re happy to see the site back in the music blogosphere. Good times!

Did you see that many of Prince’s albums returned to Spotify this past weekend? (But most of the albums by The White Stripes have vanished).

Did anyone listen to the “Stranglers” podcast, which finished its twelve episode season this past week? We have some complicated thoughts on the podcast, which sought to reexamine the investigation into the Boston Strangler murders, but we’re still processing them. We’ll keep you posted on this front. Share your thoughts, too, if you have any!

Our favorite tweet of late comes from #AppellateTwitter.

Abnormal Use At The DRI Product Liability Conference (In Las Vegas)

We here at Abnormal Use have been writing about products liability cases for seven years now. Can you believe that? So, it may not surprise you, dear readers, that we will be attending the 2017 DRI Product Liability Conference this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. As you may suspect, we here at the blog and at Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. are big fans of DRI and remain very active in that organization. (John Cuttino, one of our partners in Columbia, is the president of DRI!). Our editor, Jim Dedman, will be at this week’s products liability conference. If you see him, please introduce yourself. He may even have with him some snazzy promotional materials we created in support of our blogging efforts.

If Jim follows tradition, he will be live tweeting at least some portions of the conference. You can follow him either at his personal Twitter account, @JimDedman, or our firm’s official Twitter account, @GWBLawFirm. If you yourself are on Twitter (and surely you must be), please check it out and send us a note.

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Of late, we have been listening to the Stranglers podcast, which recounts and reopens the investigation into the Boston Strangler case. It’s not unlike Serial, but it is different. We’re always looking for new podcasts, by the way, so if you have any recommendations, let us know.

Anyone at NCBA headquarters in Cary today for the “Post-Judgment Collections” CLE?

Our legal tweet of the week addresses the issue of service by email – a perilous topic indeed. We’re not always fans of service by email, but we understand this tweet.

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Rest in peace, Mary Tyler Moore. There has been much talk this week about her great contributions to the medium of television, but let’s not forget her hilarious turn in the 1996 film, Flirting With Disaster.

Who is going to the DRI Product Liability Committee seminar in Las Vegas in February? Our editor, Jim Dedman, will be there, and if you see him, be sure to say hello.

So, apparently, the new Star Wars film, coming in December, is called The Last Jedi. We’re not quite certain what to think about that.

Very good news: The latest album by Japandroids arrives today. Miss this at your peril!

By the way, we here at Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. and the Abnormal Use law blog are pleased to announce that Duffie Powers and Michelle Yarbrough have been elected as shareholders and Zach Weaver has been elected as a partner.

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Did anyone remember that it was Friday the 13th today, or was everyone simply to busy to notice?

If you’re in Charlotte, North Carolina next week, and you’re curious about music law, you might be interested in the Inn of Court event on Wednesday. Here’s the info:

“I fought the law, and the law won,” a rock band once proclaimed. At our next meeting, we will learn about the law of music from both a music performer and a rock musician turned lawyer. Entertainment lawyer and former disc jockey Coe W. Ramsey of Brooks Pierce’s Raleigh office represents radio and television stations, musicians, new media companies, and others in nearly every area of entertainment law. Before practicing in the area of workers compensation at Cranial Sumner & Hartzog, LLP in Raleigh, Michael Connell played guitar in The Connells, a power pop band that recorded 8 albums and toured the world. At this event, Coe will teach us the basics of music law and forming a band, while Michael will offer his practical insights on the rock world from the perspective of a musician and performer.

The event takes place next week on the evening of Wednesday, January 18, 2016 at Draught in Charlotte. For more details and to register, click here.

A recent tweet by our editor reveals the perils of new legal technology.

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Hey, it’s our first edition of “Friday Links” of 2017! Can you believe we’ve now been doing this blogging thing for 7 years now? In fact, we posted our very first post 7 years ago yesterday on January 4, 2010. How about that? My, how the time flies.

Did you know that TV’s “Night Court” first aired 33 years ago this week?

If you are on Twitter, are you following the hashtag #AppellateTwitter?

As you may know, we here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. maintain an office in Charlotte, where some of the local citizens welcomed the new year at an Avett Brothers concert. We elected to skip the show, and if reports from the event are any indication, our failure to attend was, in fact, negligence.

Our favorite legal tweet of late, by the way, references a film we’ve mentioned once or twice on this site:

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We were saddened to learn of the death of actress and writer Carrie Fisher this week. Of course, we knew her mostly as Princess Leia. But we enjoyed her work in When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers, and Hannah and Her Sisters, as well. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died the following day. We can’t imagine what their family must be enduring right now. Above, by the way, is a copy of Star Wars #65, published more decades ago than we would like to admit. We  bought more than a few issues of that series back in the early 1980’s.

Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

Well, it’s the last Friday of the year, and this is our last edition of Friday Links for 2016. We can’t say that we’re disappointed to see this year end. It’s been a doozy. We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd P.A. hope that you all have a festive and safe New Year’s Eve tomorrow night.

The Avett Brothers are playing a New Year’s Eve show here in Charlotte tomorrow night, and we negligently failed to purchase tickets. Alas.

Did anyone get a new iPad Pro for the holidays?

Read about “The Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2016.”

For our favorite legal tweet of late, we direct you to the following excerpt from a cross examination.

Our Favorite Posts of 2016

Now is the time that we, as consumers of media, are inundated with year end best-of lists. So, just as we have done in years past, we here at Abnormal Use have collected our favorite posts of this past year. Looking back over our posts this year, it was difficult to choose our favorites. But, dear readers, the ones we enjoyed the most are linked for you below, along with their author and publication date. So, without further ado, fill yourself with nostalgia, just as we have, and revisit these entries from 2016.

$55 Million Reptilian Verdict in Erin Andrews Peephole Video Trial (Kyle White, March 8, 2016).

In “Game Of Thrones” Litigation, South Carolina State Court Enters Judgment Against George R.R. Martin (Jim Dedman, April 1, 2016).

Snapchat Sued Over Distracted Driving Accident (April 26, 2016).

Snapchat Lawsuit Inspires Inaugural Abnormal Use Field Test (May 9, 2016).

Golden Rule – Treat Everyone Like They Are A Potential Source of Business (Kyle White, May 10, 2016).

Hot Coffee May Be A Carcinogen? (Kyle White, June 20, 2016).

How I Became A Lawyer (Stuart Mauney, June 29, 2016).

Real Lawyers Don’t Cry (Stuart Mauney, July 18, 2016).

Hot Coffee Karma: The Day Was Bound To Happen (August 22, 2016).

Nirvana’s Nevermind: 25 Years of Influence (Nick Farr, September 26, 2016).

Turning Lawyer Life Into Home Life (Nick Farr, October 18, 2016).

Are Litigation Experts Entitled To Prepayment for Depositions? (Kyle White, October 24, 2016).